Zither Qanun (Kanun)

The Qanun is a string instrument played either solo, or more often as part of an ensemble, in much of the Middle East, Maghreb, West Africa, Central Asia, and southeastern regions of Europe. The name derives from the Arabic word qanun, meaning “rule, law, norm, principle”, which is borrowed from the ancient Greek word and musical instrument κανών (rule), which in Latin was called canon (not to be confused with the European polyphonic musical style and composition technique known by the same name).

Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Steve Shehan – Alif: Love Supreme

A very colorful album of Islamic music of the Mediterranean performed by such famous masters of ethnic music as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Steve Shehan, José Antonio Rodriguez, as well as many other musicians from Greece, Israel, Persia, Bulgaria, Spain. This work is a skilful combination of traditional musical instruments (Udd, Darbuka, Sagata, Eve, etc., vocal recordings, and local musical traditions).… Read more